Impact of milk products on weight and body composition among children and teens

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A research project recently completed under the Dairy Research Cluster 2 found that children and adolescents who consume milk products are more likely to have a lean body type. Dr. Hope Weiler of the University of McGill and her team performed a meta-analysis (a statistical analysis of multiple existing studies) of 17 randomized control trials (RCTs) that included children and teens aged 6-18 years old. This is the first meta-analysis summarizing results from RCTs for the effects of milk and milk product consumption on weight and body composition in children and adolescents.

Their analysis showed that milk and milk-product consumption resulted in an increase in lean mass and a lower gain in percent body fat, concluding that children and adolescents who consume milk and milk products are more likely to achieve a lean body type.

The results provide very high-level evidence to support dairy’s beneficial impact on weight and body composition.

A copy of the published results can be accessed here: https://academic.oup.com/advances/article-abstract/10/2/250/5370011?utm_campaign=511018_20190515__NutriNews_Weight_Children&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Nutri_News-All_Users

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